Mt. Bethel Actions Lead North Georgia Conference to Respond to Exigent Circumstances

by

by

Comments (5)

Comment Feed

Why?

The Bishop claimed the change was necessary for the Rev. Dr. Jody Ray to assume a very important position at the annual conference regarding racial reconciliation. If she needed Ray to quickly fill such an important role, why didn’t she find someone else to appoint to the position? Were there no other worthy candidates in the North Georgia Annual Conference? The alleged role is apparently still unfilled.
So why disrupt a church clearly headed for the exits? Why the purported passion to send Mt. Bethel another traditionalist pastor when they’re happy with the one they have, and together are planning to amicably part ways with the post-separation UM Church?
Progressives and Centrists in the UMC, please stop the charade of unity.

David Kingsworthy 142 days ago

Solidarity, Respect, and Prayers

💯 Solidarity, Respect, and Prayers for Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, the North Georgia Conference, and Rev. Dr. Steven Usry 🙏.

From the United Methodist News article:

The conference is acting within its authority under the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s policy book, said the Rev. Anne L. Burkholder. She is an associate dean at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta as well as co-author of “Quick and Easy Guide to United Methodist Polity.”

For centuries, the denomination has maintained a trust clause, which states that churches hold property in trust for the entire denomination.

“The church is acting outside the boundaries of the current Book of Discipline,” Burkholder said. “The conference does have the authority to make this decision and act on it.”

Burkholder also has known Haupert-Johnson a long time and says she has never had any question about the bishop’s “personal and professional integrity. “

The conference’s action comes amid continued discord following Haupert-Johnson’s decision this spring to appoint a new senior pastor to Mt. Bethel and move its senior pastor to a new conference position.

The United Methodist Church operates on a system of itinerancy — meaning clergy go where they are appointed. In their ordination services, United Methodist elders pledge “to go wherever you are sent, to serve however you are called, to exercise your ministry within and on behalf of the whole Church, to love all among whom you are placed, and to love God above all.”

https://www.umnews.org/en/news/conference-assumes-management-of-megachurch?fbclid=IwAR23pMACnT95-5vRCLULYBbCDyl3NmNXDp8M0nub09NO3-HsrsG-YC-Crog

James Hollis 143 days ago

North Georgia conflict

It’s interesting reading that the Conference is acting in its delegated authority based on The Book of Discipline given that the underlying reason for the conservative dissent is that those denominational entities that support clergy who officiate at gay weddings, or are gay, themselves, violates The Book of Discipline. I am writing as a theological liberal.

George Demetrion 142 days ago

Thank you

James; thank you for your clear, calm, caring concise explanation. Your paragraph:: "The United Methodist Church operates on a system of itinerancy — meaning clergy go where they are appointed. In their ordination services, United Methodist elders pledge “to go wherever you are sent, to serve however you are called, to exercise your ministry within and on behalf of the whole Church, to love all among whom you are placed, and to love God above all.”; is a graphic statement that every person being accepted as 'an Elder in full connection' PROMISES to follow when being ordained as a United Methodist clergyperson! It is a basic tenet of what it means to accept the calling to serve as a clergyperson in the united Methodist Church. It goes far deeper than the size of the church that one gets to serve, or the earthly trappings and potential idolatry of membership numbers, buildings or local church budget. Seem to recall as story in Exodus where God called Moses and Moses tried all manner of excuses to try get out of the opportunity to use his God-given gifts and talents to "serve God above all".

wil meiklejohn 142 days ago

Congratulations to the Bishop . . .

. . . and Cabinet of the North Georgia Conference.

Your actions will guarantee the UMC divorce.

The deplorables are rich, educated, and now, angry.

This bishop will have the same expression that Hillary Clinton had when her celebration in Madison Square Garden became Clinton's political funeral.

Instead of allowing a Gracious Exit this bishop pitch a fit demanding like Cartman on South Park that you people "respect my authority!"

It never turns out well for Cartman and this bishop will find that if you don't have followers you are not a leader.

Bonaparte marched into Russia with the Grande Armee and came home with only about ten percent.

Bishop, winter is coming.

Richard F Hicks 144 days ago

We Appreciate Your Support

     As we face challenging times, United Methodist Insight welcomes your financial support to bring you news and views of The United Methodist Church in a world seeking a new future.

     TEXT your contribution to 84-321 with "(amt) Insight" via your smartphone or go to https://ststephenumctx.churchcenter.com/giving/to/um-insight Your additional contribution of the 2.2% processing fee will make your donation go farther.

     Make CHECKS payable to our sponsoring congregation, St. Stephen UMC, and write "UM Insight" on the memo line. Then mail to United Methodist Insight, c/o St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 2520 Oates Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150. Thank you!